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Family Tree Maker: How to Add a Text Decal

Family Tree Maker: How to Add a Text Decal

Family trees can look great with or without a text decal, so it's purely a matter of preference whether you include one or not. If you want to add one, here's how.

To start with click the "Text Decal" icon in the left sidebar to open the text decal sidebar panel. Once in the panel, you can add whatever heading and/or subheading text you like by typing in their respective text boxes in the panel. Changes are updated in real time.

add a text decal to your pedigree chart in the family tree maker


Font, font size, spacing, and color are controlled independently between the heading and the subheading, so you can customize any way you'd like without being unduly constrained. to change the font color, simply click on the color swatch and either use the color picker or enter a Hex or RGB value.

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color picker for text decal family tree maker

To change the font size or margin (space between the heading or subheading and the chart), simply click and drag the corresponding slider. Font is chosen using the drop-down menu under heading or subheading respectively.

There are lots of different options for what text to actually use as your text decal. Some classic options include "The [Your Last Name] Family", "Genealogy", "My Family Tree", "Family", or "Ancestors". For more suggestions, check out this blog post.

What text decal would you put on your chart?

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Family Tree Maker: How To Edit an Individual Cell

Family Tree Maker: How To Edit an Individual Cell

Whether you just need to fix or edit something that was imported from FamilySearch or via GEDCOM file, or if you'd like to create your full chart manually knowing how to edit the text in an individual cell comes in handy. You can also change the text and background color for each cell. Here's how.

Click the "Chart" icon in the left sidebar.

edit information for ancestor

Next, click on the cell you'd like to edit in the chart. It will pull up the information currently stored in the cell in the sidebar panel. From here, you can edit the individual's name, birth and death dates (you can choose to just have the years, or enter full Day Month Year dates) by simply editing the text in each field in the sidebar.

Alternatively, you can also edit an individual cell by clicking the "Advanced" tab, followed by the "Individual" tab in the advanced settings. Changing an individual's name and date information works identically to as described above. Additionally, to change either background or text color for an individual cell, just click on the color swatch and either enter a HEX value or use the color picker.

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You can also choose to flip or invert the text (this comes in handy for round charts!).

Changes save automatically.

Ready to get started? Visit to choose your starting template and create your personalized family tree chart!

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